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The Art Portfolio of Dominique Cheng


An abstract ink drawing with intersecting black linesIsland II, sumi ink on paper

Dominique Cheng is an illustrator and installation artist with a background in architecture. The artist’s current portfolio features quiet, dense artworks made with minimal colour and small, fine marks that intersect and interact to create a larger whole.


An ink drawing featuring numerous fine details of an abstracted landscapeArk, ink on trace

 

I really enjoy the overall monochromatic, black-and-white aesthetic of Cheng’s portfolio. The focus on line art and white space…

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The Art Portfolio of Mixed-Media Artist John Clinock

A mixed media artwork using toys and doll partsthe Future, mixed media relief in cradled panel

John Clinock is a mixed-media artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, John works in a wide variety of both found materials and traditional art media, creating assemblages, sculptures, and wall-hanging works that are equal parts creepy, whimsical, and explorative.


A sculpture made using mixed media and found objectsTree Warrior, fired and stained clay and mixed media

 

John’s online portfolio is organized according to year, and…

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The Portfolio of Mixed Media Artist C.A. Pierce

A landscape painting with an emphasis on sky and cloudUntitled, acrylic

C. A. Pierce is a painter and mixed media artist based in Washington State. The artist often works in acrylic paint, layering pigments and hues over a substrate using brushes, palette knives, and other textural tools.


An acrylic painting of three female figures on an orange backgroundLadies of a Feather, acrylic

 

I really enjoy the overall mood conjured up by C.A.’s recent works. The pieces in this gallery seem to alternate between vast, peaceful land and seascapes, and more…

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Inside the Painting Studio of Robert S. Neuman

A photo of Robert S. Neuman at work in his studio

 

This Sunday, let’s look back at the studio space of American painter Robert S. Neuman. Neuman was known for expressive works of abstraction that utilized bright colours and, often, rounded geometric elements. The artist studied in California and taught at the California School of Fine Arts while working on his practice.

 

The artist’s studio is filled with a kind of chaotic energy in this image. It’s fun to see Neuman lurking…

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The Watercolour and Photography Portfolio of Joan Morris

A watercolour painting of bluebirds in flightBluebird, watercolour on Arches paper

Joan Morris works in watercolour and photography, with both sides of her practice seeming to inform the other. Based in Montana, the artist draws inspiration from nature, with flowers, foliage, and landscape imagery making up a large part of her subject matter.

 

A watercolour painting of still water in a marshMarshlands, watercolour on Arches paper

 

The artist’s watercolour paintings emphasize delicate brush work. Joan uses a mostly subdued…

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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of Jen Fisher


An ink painting of a landscape at eveningevening, ink on Yupo

Jen Fisher is a mixed media artist based in Stevensville, Maryland. The artist utilizes a range of media including ink, collage elements, painting, and paper to build images that are often a blend of abstract and figurative styles.


An alcohol on Yupo painting in bright blue huesMoonlight, alcohol ink on Yupo

 

I’m particularly taken by Jen’s paintings in alcohol ink on Yupo. These works have a unique texture about them, somewhere between what you’d expect…

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The Photography Portfolio of Alex Stoddard

A photograph of a figure in front of striking lightningYou Only Live Twice

Alex Stoddard is a photographer based in Los Angeles, California. The artist’s works often utilize elements of fantasy and the supernatural, combining human figures with natural landscapes and creating a sense of dreamlike immediacy.


A photograph of a female figure underwaterFar From Air

 

Stoddard’s recent works are highly imaginative -- many of them seem almost like realized versions of illustrations for comics or story books. There’s a great sense…

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Lush, Soft Landscape Paintings by Tricia Savoie

A plein air painting of a green forested areaAnticipation II

Tricia Savoie is an artist currently based in Ottawa, Ontario. In her practice, Tricia create lush, soft landscape paintings that depict scenery in a realistic yet slightly impressionistic frame, veering into the territory of dreams and memory.


A painting of a forest path with red autumn leavesBois d'Automne

 

I really appreciate the colour palette that Tricia employs in her paintings. The works are mostly saturated in tones of deep, healthy green and autumnal reds and…

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Wildlife and the Environment: Art by Nancy Sharp

A painting of a tortoise on a grassy backgroundGopher Tortoise (painted from a photo by Craig Oneal)

Nancy Sharp is an artist based in North Carolina. A self-taught artist, Nany paints primarily in acrylics. The artist’s recent works are largely concerned with wildlife and the environment, often taking endangered local species as their subjects.


A painting of a red wolf on a dark backgroundRed Wolf

It’s interesting to see how Nancy tackles so many different subjects with a clear eye for detail and realism. Birds, fish,…

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Remnants of Ancient Civilization: Art by Emily K. Grieves

A painting of a female figure and a shelf of mysterious-looking bottlesCurandera

Artist Emily K. Grieves was born in Germany and has lived in Mexico since 2004. The artist’s work is often inspired by the landscape and mythology of her home, drawing on nearby remnants of ancient civilization as well as from the modern-day environment.


A painting of a young woman sitting cross-legged in a corn fieldCihuacoatl

 

I like the warm tones and stylized figures that are prevalent in Emily’s works. In our previous feature of Emily’s work, we looked at the way the artist…

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Layering Fluid Forms: Art by Karen Holland


A mixed media artwork with abstracted, patterned formsFacing Yourself, mixed media

Karen Holland is a painter and mixed media artist currently based in British Columbia. In her practice, the artist primarily works in abstraction, layering fluid forms and textures across a canvas in such a way as to draw the viewer’s eye along a non-linear path, and provoke further exploration.


An abstract painting with a raised, textured squarePassages, mixed media on panel

 

I like the way that Karen works and how her conceptual processes come to the…

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Inside the Illustration Studio of David Macaulay

A photo of David Macaulay working in his studio

 

It’s Sunday, so let’s take a look inside the studio of illustrator David Macaulay. Macaulay was born in the UK and is now based in Vermont, USA. In his artistic practice Macaulay produces illustration for non-fiction subject matter as well as children’s books and other literature.

 

Macaulay’s studio appears bright and airy -- it has the overall aesthetic that one might associate with a classic, academic-type illustration…

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Idealized Innocence: Art by Serena Stevens


A painting with imagery of toys and childhood objects with a portrait of the artist as a childSelf Portrait as a Child

Serena Stevens is a painter based in Iowa. In her artistic practice, Serena blends the idealized innocence of childhood with darker themes of paranoia and frustration. The artist’s paintings often take on a collages aesthetic, bringing together numerous seemingly disparate images and subjects.


A painting of children skipping rope on an abstracted backgroundJump Rope

 

I’m quite enjoying the works in Serena’s gallery of recent paintings. In these, the artist sticks to…

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Brightly Stylized Images: Textile Art by Lisa Lackey

A textile artwork depicting the Earth in someone's handsHumanity is in Our Hands, fabrics, thread, and embroidery floss on canvas

Lisa Lackey’s art portfolio is packed with images that one might be surprised to learn are made with fabrics and thread. The artist uses cut textiles to build up graphic, brightly stylized images, sewing and embroidering to add fine detail.


A textile artwork depciting a figure walking past a red doorExit 11, frabrics, thread, and embroidery floss on canvas

 

I’m always impressed by the level of detail and precision…

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Paths of Line and Colour: Art by John Hovig

A mandala made up of dense coloured linesMandala From Hindrance #1, digital archival print on aluminum circle

John Hovig became a full-time artist in 2012, after a decades-long career in software. The artist’s current practice centers on the idea of keeping the viewer’s eye in motion, with images that feature maze-like paths of line and colour.

 

An artwork featuring coloured lines arranged in an abstract formKnowledge, drawing

 

John’s works often have a somewhat meditative feeling about them -- a quality that’s particularly…

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